By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 7:30 AM CST
We’re not stationary people living in a bubble. We from time to time like to get out, see the country and take in what other local communities are doing. Often times we head to Central Florida, Orlando to be specific. With a kid in tow we are very conscience of where we need to eat. It needs to be somewhere a soon to be second grader would enjoy. We were visiting the land of mouse and instead of eating park food or hotel cafeteria we headed away from the resort to find “LOCAL” and since it’s Florida with a latin flare.
We hit the jackpot with a good sized cafe about the size of Buckhead here in Bowling Green called, Sofrito Latin Cafe’.
This is the front and it’s located 8607 Palm Parkway. The best way to describe it is when Leaving the Disney Springs Area North hang a left S. Apopka Vineland Road and it’s the next right and you are there. It’s pretty easy to find with GPS. First off it’s a beautiful space and concept and very clean:
The wall to your left has family games and reading material but, let’s get to eating.
We grabbed a menu and sat in a booth since someone said they would come and grab our order. Here is what is on the menu:
I ordered one of the best Cuban sandwiches I’ve ever had. It consisted of Ham, house-made roast pork, Swiss cheese, house made pickles and mustard on Cuban bread. A very simple sandwich but great tasting:
My wife ordered a tasty Cachapa. Cachapa is traditional Venezuelan sweet corn pancake filled with a generous portion of Queso de Mano (Handmade white soft cheese), and topped with crema. We added Shredded Beef. It was good, not as good as the Cuban in my opinion but good:
My daughter ordered (didn’t finish it because it was huge so I got to taste quite a bit of this) the Pabellon. Pabellon is Venezuela’s national dish. Seasoned shredded beef, white rice, black beans (we subbed a salad for the beans) & sweet plantains.
This was a very good steak and the rice was cooked well but, and I say but…. I wish I had a full plate of those sweet plantains. So good and worth coming back to this restaurant for.
For dessert we tried Vanilla Flan ‘Egg custard enhanced with vanilla’ (they were sold out of coconut and usually sell out early), Nutella Empanada ‘Fried round pastry stuffed with Nutella, dusted with a touch of powdered sugar’ and Tres Leches ‘Pound cake soaked in three milks, topped with whipped cream.’
This was good. Not great but it is what it is.
Again, this was ok. Not my favorite. I think my judgement on their desserts would be different if they had Coconut Flan and I didn’t order the Empanada. Honestly, for dessert just order a plate of Plantains. After the meal we made Bowling Green’s mark on Sofrito with a Purple happy face on their world map:
The other great thing about this restaurant is the staff. They worked hard to make sure we were taken care of and were pleasant to speak with about the area and other places we needed to try. Also, the restaurant is doing a great job with Social Media and has created the hashtag #LoveSofrito which give you great photos click here to see. You can find them on Facebook, Instagram and on their website www.sofritocafe.com. We hoped you enjoyed this and will try out Sofrito. We will be doing these reviews of Local stops for Buy Local Bowling Green Travels or #BuyLocalBGTravels because as much as we love shopping local, we love to travel.